This is my page dedicated to one of my favorite people, Ozzie Guillen. Ozzie is a Major League Baseball player who is currently with the Baltimore Orioles. This site is my opportunity to let the world know just what a spectacular person he truly is, both on the field and off.
I am compelled to post this page because Ozzie holds such an enormous place in my heart. I have had the pleasure of knowing Ozzie since 1985, his rookie season with the Chicago White Sox and I knew how special he was the first time I saw him. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding Ozzie lately, especially in the Chicagoland area, and that is part of the reason I wanted to do this page at this time. I realize that there aren't too many people who will see this, but for those of you who are here, let me just say that I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and I hope this will help to paint a much clearer picture of the real Ozzie.
Throughout his thirteen years with his former team, he never gave any less than 100% of his best. He endured countless double play partners, inept managers, bad trades, and a front office with absolutely no desire to win. Despite all of this, he continued to support his team and never spoke out against them. He played almost every game when he was given the opportunity and was the only constant in an ever changing environment. Often times, he was the only bright spot in what turned out to be a bleak and dismal season. In addition to being a consistent player offensively and one of the best defensive shortstops in the game, Ozzie is known as much for his team leadership and charisma as he is for his talent and natural ability. Ozzie's love for the game and the people who support it is obvious to anybody who observes him on and off the field. Ozzie epitomizes the term "fan-friendly" and always has. On any given day he can be found signing autographs, throwing baseballs to fans, and always taking the time to meet and greet those who come out to support him. Unlike many of his former teammates he doesn't need a clause in his contract or a camera crew in sight for him to interact with the public and put a smile on a child's face.
It is for these reasons that I am so enraged that the White Sox would have the gall to attempt to portray him as an uncaring, selfish, bitter person. Ozzie thinks with his heart and it is because he was hurt so deeply that he needed to share his frustration and disappointment in the fact that the team he loved so much and contributed so much to abandoned him. The White Sox can continue to lie to their fans and play them for fools, trying to make everybody else the bad guy, but the people who know the real story would have nothing to do with their organization.
I am eternally grateful to the Baltimore Orioles for giving Ozzie the opportunity to play for a first-class organization with a legitimate chance to succeed. They truly want to win and they treat their players with loyalty and respect which is certainly a welcome change. I wish Ozzie and his wonderful family all of the success and happiness there is to be had, I cannot think of anybody more deserving.